Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Coach: Dick Lebeau
Favorite Actor: Christopher Walken
Favorite Month of the Year: March
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Meal: Lasagna
Favorite Building on Campus: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Big City: Pittsburgh
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Italy
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Football
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Chuck Krousgrill, Mechanical Engineering
2012-13: Honorable Mention All-America (200 Free Relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... Destro competed primarily in the freestyle sprints and 100 fly... competed on all three Purdue relay teams at the NCAA Championships, helping the Boilers place third in the consolation final (11th overall) of the 200 free relay to garner Honorable Mention All-America acclaim... season-best time in the 100 fly (47.54) from the Big Ten Championships was tops on the team in 2012-13 and fourth fastest in program history... season-best times in the 50 (16.69, 2nd) and 100 free (44.26, 3rd) and 100 back (49.96, 3rd) also ranked among the top five on the team in2012-13... finished his career ranked third in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free among the Purdue all-time Top 10... Red Mackey nominee for excellence by a senior... posted season-best times in the 50 and 100 free at Big Tens; season-best in the 100 back was at the Purdue Invitational... contributed to 11 relay winners, the second most on the team, while being part of the fast foursomes in the 200 and 400 free and 200 and 400 medley relays... accounted for 15 team points at the Big Ten Championships by placing seventh in the A final of the 50 free and sixth in the B final of the 100 fly... also swam on four of the five relays (all but the 800 free) at Big Tens, helping the 200 and 400 free foursomes each take fourth... won the 100 fly and led off the victorious 400 free relay team in the dual meet against Indiana... was among the nine Boilers that traveled to Dallas for the prestigious Classic @ SMU, competing in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 back as well as three of the four relays... accounted for 49 team points at the Purdue Invitational by scoring in the A final of three events and winning the B final of the 100 fly... placing fourth in the A final of the 100 free, seventh in the A final of the 50 free and sixth in the A final of the 100 back at the Purdue Invite... also swam on the top relay foursomes in four of the five relay events at the Purdue Invitational... won the 100 fly in the dual meet at Notre Dame.
2011-12: Destro competed in five different events, racing most frequently in the 50 and 100 free and 100 back... regular contributor to relays swam the leadoff backstroke leg on the 200 medley relay team at the Big Ten Championships... won the C final of the 50 free at Big Tens with a season-best time (20.12)... competed in the 50 free the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, winning heat five and placing 48th of 167... his season-best times in the 50 free (4th) and 100 back (49.76, 4th), both from the Big Ten Championships, each ranked among the top five on the team in 2011-12... his season-best time in the 100 free (45.12), from the prelims of Big Tens, was sixth fastest... swam the opening leg on Purdue's fastest 200 medley relay teams of the season... accounted for eight team points at the Ohio State Invitational after qualifying for the B final of the 50 free and 100 back... won the 100 free and swam on both relay winners in the dual meet win versus Miami... also swam on relay winners at the Indiana Intercollegiates, Notre Dame dual, and Michigan State dual... named a team captain for the 2012-13 season.
2010-11: Destro competed in primarily freestyle sprints and the 100 back while also being a key contributor to relays... posted a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 50 free (20.22) at the Big Ten Championships, a mark that ranked fifth for Purdue in 2010-11... was a part of Purdue's top performing relays in the 200 (1:18.99) and 400 free (2:55.34) and 200 medley (1:28.28), all posting NCAA provisional qualifying times... the 200 and 400 free relay teams posted the second-fastest times in program history and the 200 medley team ranked third... was part of Purdue's top five relay performances of the year in both the 200 free and 200 medley... swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay on the opening night of the Big Ten Championships... finished third in the C final of the 50 free at the Big Ten Championships... also posted a season-best time in the 100 free (45.38) at Big Tens... finished second in the 100 back at the Purdue Invitational with a season-best time (49.70) that ranked third on the team in 2010-11... also finished second in the 50 free at the Purdue Invite... swam the leadoff backstroke leg for the victorious 200 medley relay team at the Big Ten Quad... also finished second in both the 50 and 100 back at the Big Ten Quad... helped the 400 relay team win in the dual meet with Indiana... helped the 200 and 400 free relays win at the Purdue Invitational... was among the eight swimmers selected to travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic in January.
2009-10: Led off 14th-place 400-meter medley relay at ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships (8/7)...also led off 16th-place 400 freestyle relay (8/3)...opened season with consecutive victories in 100 backstroke, first at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10) and again vs. Miami (10/30)...also anchored 200 medley relay to victory and finished second in 50 freestyle at Indiana Intercollegiates...led off 200 medley relay that recorded team-best time of 1:29.03 at Big Ten Championships (2/27)...time moved quartet into fifth on program's all-time performance list in event...also added points with 14th-place showing in 50 freestyle after recording season-best time of 20.23 at conference championship meet (2/25)...swam leg on three other relays at Big Ten Championships...anchored seventh-place 400 freestyle relay (2/27), took second leg on eighth-place 200 freestyle relay (2/26) and led off ninth-place 400 medley relay (2/25)...won 50 freestyle vs. Northwestern (11/7) and vs. Michigan State (1/9)...led off victorious 200 medley relays at Eastern Michigan (11/13) and at Indiana (2/6) and winning 400 medley relay vs. Northwestern (11/7)...also took second in 50 freestyle at Eagles...claimed second in 100 backstroke, fourth in 50 freestyle and anchored runner-up 400 freestyle relay at Hoosiers...finished second in 50 freestyle and led off runner-up 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays vs. Notre Dame (11/6)...led off runner-up 400 medley relay at Big Ten Quad (1/29) and third-place 400 medley relay vs. Michigan State (1/8).
Before Purdue: Three-year letterwinner...left Pittsburgh Central Catholic with five school records...won state championship as senior...also earned All-America status and was named team captain in final high school season...led team to section runner-up finish...finished third at state championships and earned All-America honors as junior...qualified for state championships as sophomore...played volleyball as freshman.
Personal: Full name is Charles Miller Destro...born in Pittsburgh, Pa....parents are Anthony and Jacqueline Destro...has one sister, Christina, and one brother, Anthony...majoring in mechanical engineering.